Answering such a query has long been a favorite assignment of automakers. The rear window stashes into a convenient pocket so it can actually stay in one piece, and not get left behind. We could go on and on about the interior and such, but for the most part, this truck is a Silverado 1500 with a clever midgate, bed cover, and such, so see our Silverado review for more details. Suddenly, though, they seem to be taking over our cars. Towing capacity is 8,300 pounds on the 1500 model and 12,000 with the 2500. I asked the pick a part guys just outside grande prairie. The Avalanche goes on sale with a 5.
The Avalanche continued to receive positive reviews for its ample passenger and cargo room, interior and bed storage space, and impressive towing capacities. Two large cargo lamps are mounted in the sides of the bed for further visibility, but they need to be turned on in the cab. Our 2004 model had an extensive driver information system, with gas mileage for personal and business trips, timers and total distances for personal and business trips, and, among other features, an oil life timer that tells you how much life is left in your oil — as a percentage e. I have to take out my passenger high beam o. Our first test vehicle 2002 had room on the sides in plastic containers for tools and other objects; these containers were part of the plastic cladding on the sides, and had their own locks. The front has the new Chevrolet styling, and is more similar to the Impala in some ways than to past Chevy trucks. It can swing around turns surprisingly well, with nary a peep from the massive, non-performance tires.
See your dealer for details. I need a replacement asap but don't have the money for new. Its refinement is similar to that of the Suburban, as the two massive vehicles share the same engines, platforms, brakes, and transmissions. The interior is nice and well arranged for the most part. If you wanted an Avalanche for interior space and status, we suggest you get a Chevy Venture for interior space, and restore a muscle car for status. Other options include OnStar, leather upholstery, a sunroof, and a special North Face appearance package 1500 only. We appreciated being able to load up the bed with delicate cargo but heavy — used computers and monitors — without needing any protective material, and without fear of damaging the components or the truck itself.
Road testers have also warned that the steering could be more responsive, and there is some palpable suspension float on rougher surfaces. Is this a good thing? While somewhat stiff and jouncy with no load — as all full size, serious duty pickups are — the Avalanche becomes quite tame when the bed is filled with, say, obsolete computers, monitors, and laser printers. The Avalanche is, essentially, a crew cab pickup with removable rear glass and fold-down rear seats to effectively extend the bed by a few feet, so drivers to have a large cab without making the truck unmanageably long. We only wish the tilt-down and tilt-up was about twice as fast, since it took the mirrors a while to catch up. Suddenly, it seems more like a near-luxury sedan than a pickup. Owners can also customize various aspects of how their vehicle works — for example, whether one door or all doors automatically lock and unlock.
The Avalanche has an unladen weight of 5,437 pounds and stretches over 18 feet in length. The bed itself is covered with a removable plastic mat that protects against damage while holding things in place — a better and quieter solution than hard plastic bed mats. The only notable change is a new optional anti-skid system on the two-wheel-drive versions of the truck. Sound insulation is good, wind noise present but not too strong, and the vent system fan quiet even at higher speeds. This makes it a more precise way to avoid unnecessary oil changes.
According to owners, some common trouble spots include transmission slippage and an occasionally faulty blower motor. . Indeed, ours had separate controls for the driver and passenger both in front. The brakes are excellent, too. The exceedingly heavy tailgate had a lock for security, which was not tied into the power locks. The new truck, on sale this summer, is offered in two- and four-wheel drive, and the Z71 off-road package will be available later in the model year.
The bed is covered by three solid plastic covers, each easy to remove and reinstall, with levers cleverly covered in glow-in-the-dark plastic. There are no cab-size or bed-length variations for this vehicle. Although there are no specific trim levels, buyers do get a choice of two- or four-wheel drive, and between 1500 and 2500 for power. If desired, the rear passengers can simply listen to the radio instead — choosing a different station than the front folk. My right headlight flashes with my right turn signal. The plastic sides of the first vehicle protected against minor bumps and scratches — they reached fairly high — and also provided footholds to launch your way into the high bed.
A four-speed automatic transmission is paired with both engines. The Avalanche, equipped with Stabilitrak, is far better around turns than it has any right to be, given its heavy-duty construction and capabilities, and its relatively decent ride — for a truck, that is. We were surprised by the quality of the ride with a moderate load. It also works, though not as well, with ordinary wired headsets. Likewise, taking the bed cover off is much easier than with a soft tonneau cover, and the cover itself provides better security.
General Motors has done it once again. The Chevy Avalanche returned with minimal changes for the 2004 model year after a number of minor alterations and upgrades for 2003. Standard functional features include speed sensitive steering, four wheel antilock disc brakes, and antitheft systems. The Avalanche 2500 gets an 8. Power is good, with lots of torque, for on-demand acceleration — hardly muscle car material, but enough for confident passing under most conditions and at just about any speed. We appreciated the mirror fold-in feature, which lets you electrically fold both mirrors at once with the press of a single button, to allow easier passage around the truck — as well as the option meaning you can shut it off to have the mirrors tilt down when you back up. .
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